Black Trans Woman Ashia Davis Killed in Detroit — Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents

Sue Kerr
5 min readJun 4
A Black woman with long braids wearing a white tee shirt and a pink athletic jacket
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The reported killing of a 34-year-old Black trans woman in Detroit highlights the violence and anti-trans sentiments permeating the 2023 Pride season in the United States and beyond. Ashia Davis — also known as Asia Davis — died early Friday morning on the second day of Pride month.

According to CBS Detroit

Highland Park police contacted the Michigan State Police Special Investigation Section for assistance after they received a 911 call at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2, about a murder at the Woodward Inn located at 16375 Woodward.

Asia’s friend Allonna Anderson spoke with Fox 2 Detroit outside the hotel where Asia’s body was found.

“We’ve (known) each other since we were (children), since we were younger,” said Anderson who is also transgender. “And we loved each other that was a good friend of mine.”

Michigan State Police are handling the investigation. As of now, they have not identified a motive or released a cause of death. Witnesses told reporters that Asia had been shot. They also report that her pet Yorkie was missing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 855.MICH.TIP or Crime Stoppers at 1–800-SPEAK-UP.

Asia (styled Ashia on Facebook and Instagram) was born and raised in Detroit. She graduated from Cherryhill School of Performing Arts in 2007 and was recently enrolled at Wayne State University as of 2018. She was a woman of faith, often posting inspirational messages on her Facebook page. She was a fan of a nearby drive-in movie theater as well as fashion and makeup pages and pet style companies. Ashia’s humor and joy permeate her social media postings.

Asia turned 34 this past December. She was devoted to her little pup Clyde who is missing. Friends have posted a reward for his return. Clyde was clearly her little love — she had a stroller, lots of accessories, and so many sweet posts about him.

Small Update — some friends are reporting that Clyde has been located. And while it may seem small to focus on a dog in light of the death of Ashia, he mattered to her and I know from my own experiences reporting here in Pittsburgh on Andre Gray, that the fate of beloved…

Sue Kerr

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